Fred and Me

“It is rare that someone who you first come to know as an icon becomes a human and a friend, and that is what happened with Fred in the years that I’ve known him

A Fan’s History — Fanzines, Continued….

Fanzines, continued: Okay, Mr. Smartypants, what’s a “sercon” zine? Actually, I’m glad you asked that question. It’s another of those annoying (well, to an outsider) fannish neologisms and acronyms. In this case, we have “serious” and “constructive” all smashed together to form “sercon.” (If they were complete words, we’d have what Humpty Dumpty called “portmanteau” […]

Richard Matheson, 1926-2013

There are some writers whose work is known and enjoyed by millions of people who have never heard their name.  Or even if they have heard their name, haven’t read their work, or associate their name with the work they’ve done.  Richard Matheson (b.1926), who died on June 23, is one of those authors, who also received […]

Iain M. Banks – In Memorium

Science fiction lost Scottish author Iain M. Banks to gall bladder cancer on June 9, just over two months after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease.  Banks began publishing fiction in 1984 with his non-genre novel The Wasp Factory.  His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published three years later. To help […]